How To Create Dynamic Snow Effects in Photoshop

Hi guys, today I’ll show you how to create animated snow inside of Photoshop overlay for photos or video.

First, create a new layer with this icon at the lower right corner. Make sure foreground color is black, we will fill this color to this new layer with ALT or OPTION + Delete.

Head to Filter > Pixelate > Pointilize > set cell size at 8 and OK
Next, Image > Adjustments > Desaturate or shortcut CTRL+SHIFT+U to remove color.

Then, Image > Adjustments > Threshold > Increase the level to 255, confirm
Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur > we will blur it with 1 radius pixel.
Change its blend mode to “screen”.

Open Levels with shortcut CTRL+L, bring black areas up to 189.
Use Gaussian Blur again to blur a little bit more, just 0.5 pixels
Now, we will add motion blur to it, just like create the movement. Filter > Blur > Motion Blur > Set angle at 56 degrees
Distance: 5 pixels.
OK

We are done with the first step which is to create snow. Now, we are going to make it move.
Head to Window > Timeline > click to the arrow over here and Select Create Frame Animation at the Timeline window.
Let’s zoom out to have an overview.

Press CTRL or CMD + T, click to the top right corner and expand the snow layer. We will make the snow drops from the right to left, just the same as the angle we set in Motion Blur.

Click to page icon to create another frame. In this frame, we will use move tool to move the snow layer to align with top left corner
Select both frames and click to this icon to open Tween window.
Print here, add 10 frames more.

Select all of them, click to the small arrow below the frame and choose 0.1 seconds of the movement between each frame.
Now, press Play button and see the result.
You can adjust the time of each frame as you see fit.

When you are satisfied with the result. The final step, we will export it into MP4 format.
Click to this icon, and then the arrow icon to open the render video window.

Frame rate: 30
Check the name and destination folder. Hit “Render”
There you go! Just play the video and enjoy your work.

Watch the video here:

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